The inclusion of sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has been around since 1964, making it incredibly shocking when instances of sexual harassment occur. But if you've been paying attention to the news like we have, then you know that these cases do happen, even in Minnesota, and they can have a serious impact on all parties involved.
Once the initial excitement of learning that you are having a baby starts to subside, you understandably become consumed by a million different thoughts and a million different questions. Indeed, you will start to think more and more about arranging the nursery, purchasing toys and clothes, scheduling doctor appointments, finding the right hospital and, of course, deciding on a name.
The prospect of trying to find a new job can be intimidating for people from all walks of life, as they have to find positions for which they are qualified, go through the complex application process and, if they are lucky, navigate the stressful and often challenging interview process.
Many employees in Minnesota may not understand their rights. Discrimination in the workplace is illegal, and it is important for employees to know that they can pursue legal action if they believe they have been a victim of workplace discrimination.
While it's truly unfortunate, the simple reality is that many employees will experience some sort of discriminatory actions after informing their employers that they are expecting a child. While these discriminatory actions may be fairly obvious, such as demotion or even termination after announcing the pregnancy, they can also prove to be more low key yet equally insidious, such as discrepancies in pay or failures to make accommodations.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency tasked with "enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee," has released data outlining the prevalence of charges alleging both retaliation and workplace discrimination for fiscal year 2014.
Over the past several months, one particular employment discrimination case has received a great deal of media attention. This case involves a former UPS worker who requested lighter duties during her pregnancy due to her doctor’s advice. Rather than assigning her lighter duties, her employer refused. This situation is particularly frustrating, given that the employer did accommodate others with lighter duties in observance of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This case is currently being heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.
For the last few months, our blog has been examining how the Minnesota Human Rights Act outlines a series of provisions expressly prohibiting employers from engaging in certain pre-employment practices.
The last several years have seen lawmakers at both the state and federal level taking a more proactive approach to helping disabled individuals secure employment.
A popular Minnesota-based restaurant chain known throughout the nation for its chicken wings, signature sauces and sports bar atmosphere was recently named in a federal lawsuit filed by two former servers who allege that they were victimized by unacceptable and illegal workplace discrimination.